Fight back against a "nightmare" job by building structure wherever you can, Scot Herrick writes. "Hidden expectations coupled with the inability to prioritize anything leads to one thing: stress," he writes.
Make sure you have current information for your references, and keep them informed of the jobs you're applying for, Scot Herrick writes. He also advises following up with references after an employer contact to get their insight about the employer and the job.
When interviewing for a job, asking a manager to describe his management style really isn't going to give you enough information to decide whether you'd be a good fit with him, Scot Herrick writes. Instead, ask more specific questions such as: "Tell me about a time you had to give difficult performance feedback to one of your employees. How did you handle it?," he writes.
To get off on the right foot when you start your dream job, first meet with your manager and make sure you know how your job affects others, Scot Herrick writes. "Without understanding these relationships, you'll always be ignoring some important input to your work, ticking your coworkers off for not getting what they need from you completed and have customers wonder why you were picked for this dream job in the first place," he writes.
If you're asked in an interview what you liked least about your last job, deflect attention to the exciting challenges the potential new job will bring, writes Scot Herrick. "You really can't go negative because, as soon as you do, you are viewed as someone who whines and complains," he writes.
Actively manage your career by continually thinking about the stability of your job, how long it will take you to find another one and how long you will be satisfied with your current duties and management, Scot Herrick writes.